Under U.S. law, a trade secret is a commercially valuable piece of information not generally known or readily ascertainable to the public that is subject to reasonable measures to maintain confidentiality. The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 established a federal private civil cause of action for the misappropriation of a trade secret. Its aim is to provide businesses with a uniform, reliable, and predictable way to protect their valuable trade secrets anywhere in the country. In light of this new law, and the continued domestic and international attention being paid to trade secrets, the USPTO will hold a public symposium on developments in the protection of trade secrets. Topics to be discussed include: (1) Measuring the Value of Secrecy; (2) Use of the DTSA in Practice; (3) Differences in Trade Secret Protection in Foreign Jurisdictions; and (4) Considerations of Business Owners in International Cases. Experts from academia, private legal practice, international organizations, and industry will serve as panelists.
Federal Register Notice:
Additional details about the meeting appear in the Federal Register notice, published April 11, 2017.
Registration is free, and is required to attend the meeting in person in Alexandria. The meeting will be open to members of the public to attend, space permitting, on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is available online in advance of the meeting at the link below, and may also be available on site on the day of the meeting, space permitting. Register to attend.
The public meeting will be available for viewing via live webcast.
The registration website provides additional information about directions and accommodation. For non-press inquiries, please contact Michael Smith, Jenny Blank, or Hollis Robinson at the USPTO’s Office of Policy and International Affairs, telephone (571) 272-9300, or by firstname.lastname@example.org.